Cebu City eyes purchase of air quality monitoring equipment

CEBU City needs an air quality monitoring equipment.

The members of the Cebu City Council realized this after learning that the City has no equipment to measure the air condition of the city during the Citizen’s Hour of the regular session on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon, who sponsored the resolution for the Citizen’s Hour, said it is important to monitor the air condition of the city to know the risks it can impose to the public.

Councilor Eugenior Gabuya Jr. brought up that the past administration was able to purchase such equipment and had it installed at the Plaza Independencia.

Environmental management specialist Glory Manatad of the Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) said they were not able to use it as it got broken and was not fixed again.

Arthur Calupig of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) said there is one air quality monitoring equipment installed at the I.T. Park in Barangay Apas, Cebu City, but it was owned by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Dizon is enjoining the executive department to purchase such equipment, which is worth around P5 million.

He also said it is important for the City to craft policies and programs that would help lower the level of air pollution in the city.

For his part, he plans to file a legislation of implementing a “car-less day” wherein all the officials of the Cebu City Government who own a car are not allowed to use their vehicles.

He said if this will work, he plans to eventually extend it to the public.

“We have to know the quality of air we have right now. If in I.T. Park it already exceeded the normal level, we don’t know the condition we have in the downtown area,” said Dizon. (JJL)